Monthly Archives: November 2008

Want some free Dr. Pepper

Officials at Dr. Pepper previously said they would give a free Dr. Pepper to everybody in America if Guns N’ Roses released its much anticipated album, Chinese Democracy, before the end of the year.

The album, which has been talked about for nearly 20 years, is slated to come out on Sunday. “We never thought this day would come,” Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “But now that it’s here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper’s on us.”

People can get on Dr. Pepper’s Web site beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday to print off a coupon for a free Dr. Pepper.

So far, the album has gotten mixed reviews.  Read a couple takes here and here.


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‘Twilight’ opens Friday; Large crowds expected at Malco

One of the most highly-anticipated films of the year opens tomorrow night. Twilight,”  based on the Stephenie Meyer novel of the same name, makes its debut. Camilla Lighton, manager of Owensboro’s Malco Cinema 16, said earlier this week that she expects the film to sell out Friday — and it’s being shown on two screens.

Many publications, including the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, have had or will have stories about “Twilight.” Some of the more interesting I’ve come across include this piece from Time magazine. One dark, rainy night last spring, a young woman brought an offering to the rural Oregon movie set of Twilight. “She gave her infant to a vampire,” director Catherine Hardwicke marvels. Actually, the Twilighter — as the mostly female devotees of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romances call themselves — had driven hours to get pictures of her baby with the cast. Time also did a Q & A with Meyer.

The Houston Chronicle has a story about  older women who have crushes on Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, the leading man/vampire, in “Twilight.”  Angela Vicencio is happily married, but there’s another man. He’s younger and hotter than her husband and his chiseled porcelain skin and chivalrous old-world manners make her heart race. He’s also a vampire. He’s Edward Cullen, the teenage protagonist of The Twilight saga, the four-book literary sensation that has sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.

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Ben Harper’s new band makes debut at voting awarness event

Ben Harper is one of my favorite musicians, and I was pretty psyched when I did a Google News search for him and learned about his new band, Relentless7. The band made its debut Oct. 29 at the Chevrolet Center in Ohio as part of the Swing State Voter Awareness Tour.

Relentless7’s Web site features three songs: covers of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times,” plus an original song called “Serve Your Soul,” which is also on Harper’s album, “Both Sides of the Gun.”  Rolling Stone  and Billboard recently had articles on Relentless7.

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Ebony Fashion Show coming to Owensboro

The Ebony Fashion Fair is making its Owensboro debut on Thursday night. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the H.L. Neblett Center. Dozens of well-known designers will be featured in the Ebony Fashion Fair.

Since the Ebony Fashion Fair began, the organization has donated more than $55 million to charities and scholarships, according to its Web site. This year’s tour began in September and will visit more than 170 cities through May.
The show grew from a fashion show fundraiser Ebony sponsored in 1956. The magazine’s publisher, John H. Johnson, and his wife, Eunice W. Johnson, decided to take the fashion show on tour, and the first one was held in 1958. Eunice Johnson is still secretary-treasurer of Johnson Publishing Co., and she is still involved with planning the show.  Some of the Ebony Fashion Fair models have gone on to careers in the entertainment industry, including Richard Roundtree, Diahann Carroll and Dionne Warwick.

The 51st Annual Ebony Fashion Fair is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the RiverPark Center. Tickets are $35, and the ticket also includes a one-year subscription to “Ebony” or a six-month subscription to “Jet” magazine. Tickets can be purchased at the RiverPark Center or at the H.L. Neblett Community Center. For more information, call the RiverPark at 687-2770 or the Neblett Center at 685-3197.

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MTV to play more videos …

Though Music Television  doesn’t seem to have too many videos on it anymore — especially with Total Request Live going off the air soon. But MTV is trying to live up to its title, and perhaps compete with YouTube, with the Web site it recently launched. MTV Music  has most of its videos available on the Web, from current hits to classics, like A-ha’s “Take on Me.”

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Ashley Judd to wear UNC blue?

Ashley Judd, arguably the most famous University of Kentucky  basketball fan, will be sitting in the University of North Carolina’s  student section when the two teams play at 8 p.m. (Central time) on Tuesday at UNC. But she hasn’t switched alliances. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, Judd promised to sit in the Tar Heels’ student section if North Carolina went to Barack Obama in last week’s presidential election. There’s “no word on what shade of blue she’ll be wearing.”

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Audubon re-enactors first in series of events to be held at OMFA

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art’s latest exhibitions, “Regional Treasures: A Celebration of the Cultural Heritage of Northwest Kentucky” and Holiday Forest “Christmas in Northwest Kentucky,” both opened over the weekend.

“Regional Treasures” features art, artifacts and memorabilia from Daviess, Hancock, Ohio, McLean, Henderson, Grayson, Webster, Union, Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Breckinridge counties and will be open through March 1. “Holiday Forest” is open until Dec. 31, and the exhibition’s Christmas trees’ decorations reflect the “Regional Treasures” theme.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is hosting several Sunday events in conjunction with “Regional Treasures.” The first presentation is planned for Sunday and features John James Audubon re-enactors. Michael Strohm and Howard McDaniel, professional museum interpreters, will re-enact the lives of John James Audubon and Fishtrap, a Shawnee Indian, according to a press release from the art museum.

The afternoon will include lessons in drawing animals and plants, and the program will focus on wildlife art, ecology, conservation and Kentucky History, according to the press release.

The presentation is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Ninth and Frederica streets. Strohm and McDaniel will have a tent containing tools, art supplies and other materials used by Audubon. A Shawnee-style dwelling used by Fishtrap for hunting, fishing and food gathering will also be on display, according to the press release.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The art museum accepts a voluntary donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children 13 and younger. For more information, contact the art museum at 685-3181.


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